Ex-NATO chief criticises US withdrawal

NATO’s former secretary-general has accused America of committing a shameful act by walking away from Afghanistan without consulting its allies.

He said the takeover of the Taliban is a sad ending to a mission which achieved much for the Afghan people.

The comments were made at a virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers to discuss the escalating situation, however, President Joe Biden has reaffirmed the US and its allies were united on the withdrawal despite the chaotic exit.

Several countries in the alliance have pressed for evacuations from Kabul to continue beyond the current US deadline of August 31.

Foreign ministers called on authorities in Afghanistan to facilitate safe and orderly evacuations for those wanting to leave.